Cannington RSL mainstay hopes younger generation will step up

Terry Reynolds of Gosnells (Past President and Secretary and now committee member at the Canning Districts RSL Sub-Branch). Picture: David Baylis. d492452.
Terry Reynolds of Gosnells (Past President and Secretary and now committee member at the Canning Districts RSL Sub-Branch). Picture: David Baylis. d492452.

HE has been a mainstay at Cannington RSL for a number of years, but Terry Reynolds hopes the younger generation can help usher in a new era.

Mr Reynolds’ connection to and love of the RSL stems from more than two decades of service, comprising six years in the navy (1954-60) and 15 (1964-1979) with the air force.

He served as a signalman on destroyers, an RAAF police officer and spent extended periods in Thailand and Malaysia which taught him how to be “an officer and a gentleman”.

His involvement with Cannington RSL began in the mid-’90s, and culminated in 17 years as secretary and a short stint as president.

Mr Reynolds said he would like to see more of the younger generation join the RSL to preserve its history and heritage.

“We’re running out. The old crew are passing away or can’t get out anymore and not coming out at night,” he said.

“Even though they might still be on the books, they’re not attending. You haven’t got them really.”

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Having been introduced to the RSL by a friend of his who was a member, he said it offered a place for him to swap stories and reminisce with comrades.

“You’re meeting people of similar ilk. It is a nice social place to meet and chat and have a couple of beers.”

Mr Reynolds remembers his service fondly and said his four years between his navy and air force stints were spent in “menial” jobs which did not match the thrill of his service.

“I thought I could do better and when I wasn’t finding what I wanted, I decided I’d join up again and have a go and it was probably the best thing I’ve ever done, because it all paid off for me in the end,” he said.

“The stuff I learnt was discipline, how to be a good guy, a nice guy. I learnt to talk to people properly,” he said.